He's already been pictured in training with the rest of the first team, making the official announcement more redundant than usual, but Liverpool nonetheless confirm the transfer of 22-year-old left-back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla. On Tuesday we learned that the clubs finally agreed a fee after spending much of the summer disagreeing on the player's valuation, which led to his subsequent withdrawal from the Super Cup and a tearful goodbye. Thursday he reportedly passed a medical, and now he's officially a Liverpool player.
And that's a reality that he's reportedly very excited about:
"In my view, Liverpool are the best club in England and I couldn't waste an opportunity to come and play for them. I spoke with Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Alvaro Arbeloa and they told me this is a spectacular club whose fans follow it in a very special way. They all told me I can grow a lot here as a footballer as this is a massive club. I'm very happy to be joining a club as big as Liverpool. I hope to give my best and do all I can to help."
No Iago Aspas, though?
It is, by any standard, an excellent move for Liverpool. The club have long searched for stability in both fullback positions, and while Jose Enrique has been serviceable since joining in 2011, inconsistent form and injuries have meant that the club have been left scrambling for cover. Moreno's arrival means no such cover is needed, as he's likely to figure into Brendan Rodgers' plans immediately. He isn't eligible for Sunday's season opener against Southampton, but he'll surely be included for the trip to Manchester City a week from Monday and could make his debut against the reigning champions.
Welcome to him, and hopefully his time at Liverpool is a successful one for all involved.